Homeopathic consultations are very different from appointments with a doctor. Homeopathy is a traditional, natural therapy based on nature’s law of Cure, namely ‘Like Cures Like’. Homeopathic remedy selection is very complex; we need to match the holistic picture of the individual with the right remedy. A homeopath needs to do a thorough investigation in the mental, physical and emotional plane of a person to find this exact match.
Every homeopath will do things slightly differently depending upon the homeopathic methods they are using in their practice and how they were trained. But a typical first homeopathic session will cover all these steps.
Initial consultations can be long lasting up to 90 minutes depending on the time required to clear all the symptoms in physical, mental and emotional plane.
First of all, your homeopath listens to your problem, why you are here, your health concerns and health goals. You may have to fill necessary forms-registration forms, consent forms etc. prior to your appointment.
Main Health issues
Your homeopath gathers as much information as possible about the main problem. The duration of illness, how it feels like, when it is worse, how you are getting relief and how it is affecting your life.
Previous health History
The homeopath may ask about childhood infections (bacterial/viral/fungal infections), previous health issues, allergies, any history of poisonous bites and accidents. They will give the evolution of the health of the person which will help in selecting the correct remedy, potency and the dosage to be given.
For proper medicine selection, the homeopath should know current & previous treatments taken and the outcome. This is because a homeopath needs to know whether any suppression or masking of the symptoms happening with medications you are having. For example, if it is bad eczema, the person may have used steroid creams which may be masking the redness, itchy and weepy nature. Pain killers, Blood pressure medication, asthma preventers, anti histamines, OCP and all medicines and supplements are taken may also assist in remedy selection.
Family historyis important in homeopathic consultation. Many diseases have a genetic background. Homeopathic philosophy considers this genetic background in remedy selection. Homeopathic concept of genetics is different from modern medicine. This is a deeper philosophic concept, in homeopathic terms we call it Miasms. There are mainly 3 Miasms- Psora, syphilis and sycosis – representing functional, destructive and constructive elements in our body. All chronic disease has one of the miasmatic trends and it is linked with our family’s miasmatic trends. There is a combination of miasms that can also be seen. For example, in cancer miasm, we can see a combination of 3 miasms – Functional, construction and destruction.
Associated health issues and symptoms
A person suffering from PCOS may also have Hypothyroidism. There can be seen symptoms or disease conditions which are entirely different from the main health issue. For example, an asthma patient may also have heel pain. In modern medicine, this will be two different diagnosis’s and need different medications. However, in homeopathy there will be one person diagnosis covering all these health issues and there will be one exact matching remedy.
Diet and lifestyle
Homeopathy recognizes the individuality of each patient Food habits, aversions, desires, food intolerance, bowel habits, the way you sleep, weather preferences, sweating, habits, physical activity etc also help in remedy selection.
Your homeopath may ask all your feelings and sensations. Symptoms of the disease are expressed in a person’s emotional plane as well. Every individual has their way of expression of their discomfort. Homeopathy considers the emotional expression of a disease for individualization. To get the correct match, the emotional pattern of the person needs to match with that of a remedy. Fear, anxiety, stress factors, social life, relationships and past emotional trauma will also influence the remedy selection.
Diagnosis and test results
Many chronic health issues need a specialist’s or General Practitioner’s diagnosis and follow-ups. The diagnosis and test reports help homeopath to give you a treatment plan for your holistic health and well being without interfering your current medications and hospital follow-ups.
Towards the end of the consultation the homeopath analyses all the information, you have given them. Homeopaths are trained in categorizing symptoms and finding out the correct match. They are also trained in using modern tools and software to find out correct remedy. There are many different approaches in homeopathy for selecting the remedy. Whatever are the methods, the remedy should be the correct match of individuality.
In most cases, remedies will be prescribed at the consultation, but in some cases due to the complexity of cases, the homeopath needs some time for reviewing, analysing and studying the case and will prescribe later.
The homeopath will give the instructions about doses and the repetition of the remedy. Your homeopath will explain your health issues from a homeopathic perspective & make a tailored treatment plan to suit you.
The homeopath will explain when you have to come for a follow-up visit. Chronic cases may require 3 or more follow up visits.
There is no quick fix in homeopathy, especially in chronic cases. Homeopathic remedies stimulate our self-healing power and healing may take time.
You will get ongoing support from your homeopath in your healing journey.
The information collected during case taking will be used solely for the purpose of selecting your homeopathic remedy. All your information will be held absolutely confidential with your homeopath.
Please do not change or stop any medications from your doctor without their recommendation during homeopathic treatment. You can take homeopathic remedies while you are taking other (conventional, allopathic, herbal) medicines. Remedies are not known to interfere with conventional drugs but please check with your healthcare professional too.
Store your homeopathic remedies out of reach of children, away from sunlight, heat.